Volunteer Requirements

To become a Bald Eagle Nest Monitor you will need to spend a small amount of time getting trained to collect good observations that will be comparable to those of other observers.  Good citizen science depends upon dedicated trained individuals making careful observations of eagle nests and the behavior of the adult Bald Eagles near the nest. 

Volunteers are required to make nest observations three times during the nesting season. The first time will be in March to record adult activity, second is in late April to count chicks in nest, and the third observation in in Mid-June to Mid July to count fledged young. During observations, care must be taken not to disturb nesting birds.

Volunteers must also be willing to provide personal contact information so that MBCP can communicate about the project. They must also provide accurate coordinate locations of nest site through use of GPS unit, Smart Phone, or online map such as Google or Bing. Volunteers must take time to accurately learn how to monitor nests through our provided resources such as Bald Eagle ID and Bald Eagle Biology  as well as our training program (details coming soon).

To register:

  • Watch the 20 minute training video (below) developed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. 
  • Register by filling out the Participant Registration Form below. Please note you will be asked to answer three simple questions about what you learned while watching the video and reading the nest reporting form instructions)
  • Upon completion of registration you will be contacted by our volunteer coordinator with nest assignments, project guidelines and training manual, login information for our online data entry portal, where you can enter your Bald Eagle Nest Monitoring Data.

Important!  Great care must be taken to respect private property and to not disturb the nesting eagles, especially during the sensitive egg laying and incubation period.

Questions? Email our project coordinator at mdeaglenests@gmail.com


Training Video

The video that you are about to watch, “Eagle Eyes: Working Together for Bald Eagle Conservation” was originally conceived and funded by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the American Eagle Foundation to support a citizen science monitoring effort of Bald Eagle nests in Iowa.  This effort has been widely acclaimed and promoted as an example of citizens stepping up to assist state government with the conservation of our national symbol.  Iowa has a long list of collaborators in this effort and they have all graciously made this training video available to others interested in similar citizen science efforts directed at Bald Eagle monitoring by putting the video on the web via Vimeo.  The Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership is grateful to Iowa and its collaborators for providing this inspiration and assistance to other citizen scientists interested in eagle monitoring.  Thank you to all who pioneered the very successful Iowa effort!

“Eagle Eyes” concepts can easily be transferred to other Bald Eagle monitoring efforts. MBCP is using it as our approach to training volunteers to monitor Bald Eagle nests.  Even though Maryland and Iowa are a thousand miles apart, the basics of monitoring eagle nests in Iowa are still true here.  Please view this video and whenever the narrator says Iowa, think Maryland. 

After you have viewed the video there are three questions that we will ask you to answer.  They are simple to answer from content in the video.   If you do not remember the answer, then a quick simple review of the video will provide the necessary answers.

Please enjoy the video and we hope that you will be inspired by it to assist with monitoring some of Maryland’s Bald Eagle nests.